Sanitation Framework: Brazil deactivates 600 landfills in one year

More than 600 landfills across Brazil have been deactivated in a one-year period, according to a survey by Abetre. The closure of landfills has been being promoted by the Lixão Zero programme, launched in 2019 by the Ministry of Environment. The Sanitation Framework, sanctioned in July 2020, also established the closure of all dumps in Brazil by 2024.

Source: Agencia Brasil

Blue Sol projects to double sales of photovoltaic systems in 2021

Blue Sol Energia Solar, a company created in 2009 that develops projects, installs photovoltaic systems and trains professionals for the market, foresees strong expansion this year. The company’s business has attracted EDP Brasil, which in March acquired a 40% stake in the company. Regarding photovoltaic systems of distributed generation, the company plans more than 240 new franchises by the end of the year.

Source: Energia Hoje

Itapemirim starts flights under market uncertainty

Among a turbulent judicial recovery process and the biggest crisis in the history of aviation, the Itapemirim group, of road transport, started a series of technical flights to be able to operate an airline. The birth of the area company, however, occurs under mistrust from the market. Besides facing a judicial recovery since 2016 – whose execution is the target of questioning.

Source: Isto É

Biodiesel price rises 17%

The 79th auction of biodiesel in Brazil ended with a high of around 17% in relation to the previous auction, informed the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (Abiove). The price rose even after the government reduced the percentage of biodiesel mixture in diesel from 13% to 10%, in the auction that will serve the market in May and June.

Source: Money Times

Brazil likely to breach spending cap by 2% of GDP this year, says Citi

Brazil is on track to pierce its spending ceiling by 2% GDP this year, Citi economists have warned, predicting that the government will significantly ease its fiscal policy to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. The cap limits the growth of public spending to the previous year’s inflation rate and is widely seen as the government’s most important fiscal rule.

Source: Money Times

CCR consortium wins auction for CPTM lines, with offer of $175 mm

The consortium Via Mobilidade, led by CCR, won the auction for the concession of lines 8-Diamante and 9-Esmeralda lines of the Metropolitan Trains Company of São Paulo (CPTM), with an offer of R$ 980 million ($175 mm), a premium of about 202% on the minimum value. The concession and foresees investments of R$3.35 billion ($600 mm) over the 30-year contract, of which R$2.6 billion ($463 mm) in the first six years.

Source: 6 Minutos

Internet in the countryside increased from 49% to 55%

IBGE released the data from the Continuous Pnad that researched access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to the figures the percentage of Brazilian households that have access to the internet rose from 79.1% to 82.7% from 2018 to 2019, representing a rise of 3.6 percentage points. Even so that year 12.6 million did not have access. The main reasons given for the difficulty in connecting are lack of interest, expensive service and the fact that no resident in the household knows how to use the technology.

Source: Portal do Agronegocio

Brazil will have $1 bn to digitalise services

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $1 billion credit line to finance projects that improve digitalisation and connectivity in Brazil. The objective is to promote initiatives that increase the use of technology in the production and availability of public services. The resources of the “More Digital Brazil” line may be accessed by the Union, States and municipalities, as well as small companies, through development banks.

Source: UOL Economia